Review~Max by Sawyer Bennett

Title: Max 
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #6
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 304
Heat Level: 4 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay Book Snitch

The ice is a cold mistress. As the league’s most eligible goalie, Max Fournier has access to his fair share of willing puck bunnies, but right now he’s more interested in bringing home another championship than a one-night stand. A romantic at heart, Max believes in love; he’s just not great at relationships. So when he finally meets a nice girl who’s not blinded by his celebrity, he’s feeling the heat—and the pressure to save her from herself.

Between working two jobs and raising her sister’s kids, Julianne Bradley doesn’t have time for sports—or men. All she knows about Max is that he’s the sexiest customer to ever grace her gas-station counter. And he sees past her tired eyes and makes Jules yearn for things she can’t have: a glamorous fling, a passionate lover, and the time to enjoy both. Max makes her feel like Cinderella, even though Jules has enough baggage to crush a glass slipper. Luckily, he’s no prince—only a fierce competitor determined to win her heart.

Review

I absolutely adored this book. I’m an avid reader of the series and this is a great installment to it.

Jules has had it rough for a while now. She just lost her sister to cancer, became guardian to her two nephews and one niece. She works two jobs to just make ends meet barely. She just needs a break. What she doesn’t need is to meet a guy and all that entails.

Max is the goalie for the Cold Fury. He’s a good guy. He works hard, family is important to him, he’s sick of puck bunnies and he’s ready to make a change. His stop, one evening, at a convenience store changes his whole life.

I love both of these characters. They were made for each other. Despite people’s objections to their being together, they persevere. They learn that slow and steady wins the race and that family comes in a lot of different forms.

Book given in exchange for an honest review by the publisher and NetGalley.
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Review~Player by Aubrey Irons

Title: Player 
Series: No
Author: Aubrey Irons
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: Unknown
Heat Level: 4 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay the Snitch Bitch

I accidentally married the BIGGEST bad boy in pro football…
I was born into the high life: private schools, finishing classes – groomed to look pretty hanging on a rich man’s arm.

That is, until I walk in on my fiancé f*cking his secretary across his desk.

Now I’m a princess on the run, and escape from the life I never wanted steers me right into the last man I’d ever call a prince charming.

Austin Taylor is the crude, arrogant pro quarterback with the cocky cowboy smile and the notorious tabloid record longer than his- well…

A princess like me should have nothing to do with a beast of a man like that, except Austin Taylor has an offer I may not be able to refuse.

Half a million dollars to be his trophy wife.

It’s fake, of course – all a show for the cameras and the press to rehab his bad boy reputation.

Fake, that is, until we wake up actually married in Vegas.

Oops.

Now I’m really married to the most notorious, most possessive, most gorgeous man in pro football. The man with the glint in his eyes that gets me hot in places it shouldn’t. The man whose dirty, filthy words have me melting for him.

Oh, right, and the man whose baby I’m carrying.

Surprise.

Review

I had told myself that I thought I was done with sports romances. I’ve read a lot of them but just like every other type of trope out there, the market has become flooded and that’s not a good thing. Was there anything unusual about the premise of this story? No. Did I like it? Yes, I really did.

Natalie was raised to be a trophy wife. To act a certain way and marry the right man. Be unassuming and look the other way about their indiscretions. Natalie knows that she deserves better than that.

Austin is a number one draft pick for the NFL. He’s set in his profession. It’s his public image that the fans don’t like. The whoring, arrogance, wealth and again, the whoring. His agent told him to clean up his act or he could lose out on endorsements. Find a classy girl and live right.

This wasn’t really a sweet story but it made me happy while I was reading it. The story was good and the sex was great.Attractive woman reading a bookand the it had a nice HEA. This was my first book by this author but it won’t be my last.

Review~Rushing the Goal by Toni Aleo

Title: Rushing the Goal 
Series: Assassins #8
Author: Toni Aleo
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 513
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay the Snitch Bitch

Lucy Sinclair was no stranger to pain.

She grew up with three younger brothers, met a bad boy, got pregnant by him, married him, and then suffered through a nasty divorce from him. Pain. That was pain. To top it off, she even had to go through the heartbreaking divorce of her parents. Through it all, she survived. All she cared about was making sure her daughter was happy and taken care of. Despite an ex-husband hell-bent on ruining her life, she fought to overcome. She’s gotten to the point that she’s okay with being just okay. She never cared about herself because she never had the time. It was Angie and only Angie she focused on, but that all changed when Benji Paxton offered to help her daughter on the ice.

Benji knew the moment he saw Lucy, he’d never be the same. Especially when she came with the bundle of crazy that was her daughter. His heart wasn’t ready for them. After years spent sobering up and finding who he was without the alcohol, he never forgot he was being punished for not appreciating the love he had when he was younger. Because of his past, he had gotten used to being alone, a recluse, but even he had to admit it was getting old. He was lonely. Hockey wasn’t enough anymore. He wanted a family; he wanted his true love.

And Lucy and Angie were just that.

They were just two lost souls.

Floating through life with no purpose.

But finding each other gave them direction, a chance at a future.

And had them both Rushing the Goal to be together.

Review

Life can change in an instant. Our decisions, good or bad, can cause us so much heartache or happiness. When you make a really shit decision that causes you to lose all you hold dear, what do you do? Enter Benji Paxton, pro hockey player. He’s talented, just made the pro hockey world, has a great wife, precious baby girl and he’s an alcoholic. The worst kind of alcoholic. Like with any addiction, it is always foremost in your mind. Benji learned that the hard way. He got drunk one night and his brother had to drive him and his family home. There was a car crash and everyone but Benji was killed. Benji has been sober for over a decade. He’s a bit of a nerd and socially awkward with women. He gets roped into coaching a little girls’ hockey team and meets a woman almost as broken as he is.

Lucy Sinclair is from a hockey family. She got pregnant young and married her baby daddy. Her ex is truly a vile human being. He constantly bullies and fucks with her just because he can. The only good thing she got out of that relationship was Angela, her daughter. Being the only sister with three brothers has made her a force to be reckoned with. She has a nasty reputation as a ball buster and she totally lives up to it. When she meets Benji, sparks fly.

Toni Aleo is such a talented author. She makes you feel something for her characters. Good or bad. I enjoyed this story of love, loss, guilt and self forgiveness a lot. I laughed, I teared up and I cheered a couple that truly deserved the happiness they found. I’m ready for the next installment.

Book given in exchange for an honest review via the publisher and NetGalley.
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Review~Hawke by Sawyer Bennett

Title: Hawke 
Series: Cold Fury Hockey #5
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 275
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay the Snitch Bitch

Off the ice, elite defenseman Hawke Therrien enjoys his fair share of booze and good times. And why shouldn’t he? He’s worked his way up from the minor leagues and made himself a star. The only thing Hawke misses from that life is the pierced, tattooed free spirit who broke his heart without so much as an explanation. She’s almost unrecognizable when she walks back into his life seven years later—except for the look in her eyes that feels like a punch to the gut.

Vale Campbell isn’t the same girl she was at twenty. As crazy as she was about Hawke, her reckless behavior and out-of-control drinking were starting to scare her. She had to clean up her act, and that would never happen with Hawke around. Cutting him loose was the hardest thing Vale ever had to do—until now. Because she’s still crazy about Hawke. And if he could ever learn to forgive her, they just might have a future together.

Review

Hawke just got traded to the Cold Fury. One of the new trainers is his ex, Vale. Hawke is stunned at first. See, he and Vale were together for a while years ago and Vale broke up with him for reasons unknown. He hardly recognizes her because of her physical appearance and it’s changes. Where is the pierced and tatted party girl? Why did she leave him all those years ago?

Vale is trying to be who she feels she needs to be. Juggling these changes, her father’s devastating illness and bills that just keep piling up. She doesn’t have time for any distractions. Especially a distraction like Hawke. He’s still everything she remembers. Gorgeous, built and a partier. When Hawke decides that he wants her back and some answers, Vale realizes that a second chance at love might not be a bad thing.

I wanted to love it but I didn’t. I never really connected to the story and never totally bought the reason for their break up. The book was okay but the weakest offering to the series yet in my opinion.

Book given in exchange for an honest opinion via the publisher and NetGalley.
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Review~Overtime by Toni Aleo

Title: Overtime 
Series: Assassins #7
Author: Toni Aleo
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 543
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay the Snitch Bitch

Down and out with an injury keeping him away from the game, Assassins’ defenseman Jordie Thomas lives for the blades of his skates on the ice and the feeling of oblivion off it. With no choice but to heal, he’s forced away from the sport that runs through his veins. With everything at stake and darkness setting in, he quickly finds himself spiraling even further out of control. As his life begins to come crashing down around him and his contract with the Nashville Assassins on the line, he’s given an ultimatum. Ready or not, Jordie is forced to face his past, the fears that consume him, and the one woman he let walk away.

Kacey King had her professional dreams come true, yet her heart was battered and broken. With an Olympic gold medal around her neck, she’s ready to look forward to the future but without the one man she wanted in it. She’s missing the key pieces of her heart she left months ago with the only person who was capable of destroying it, causing her to falter in all her plans to move on.

In the game of life, there are winners and losers, and neither Jordie nor Kacey want to be on the losing bench. If only Jordie could convince Kacey he’s a changed man and that he wants her right by his side as his MVP for the biggest and best parts of a life they build together. With emotions running high and the game on the line, can two proud people find happiness with each other, or will their hearts and souls be left in the cold? Will they see that sometimes having someone by your side who knows the good, bad, and broken is better than going it alone and losing everything through the back of the net? They are out of time on the game clock and fighting for the win of their lives.

But overtime was made for an Assassin like Jordie.

Review

Jordie Thomas struck me as a hot mess in the previous book. I was not wrong either. He is an alcoholic who uses alcohol and whoring to hide his deep hidden pain. He puts no belief in love because his mother made a career of love, well, mostly marriage. One of previous step fathers sexually abused him and his whore of a mother didn’t believe him. He does have a good support system in the King family. The Kings have made him one of their own.

Enter Kacey King, the sister of his best friend. She’s an Olympic Gold Medal winner, so she understands Jordie’s love of hockey. She’s known him forever it seems and has loved him for as long. These two had a few months fling and then Jordie pushed her away. He cut off all contact without any explanation. Kacey was devastated but determined to move on with her life. Her new job as a personal trainer to the Nashville Assassins unfortunately puts her right in the direct path of Jordie.

I liked both characters but never felt their connection. I felt their individual pain and pitied their suffering. I enjoyed the bantering and catch up scenes with people from previous books in the series. I just wish that I’d have been into them as a couple more. Still, a great series and I’m looking forward to the next book.
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Review~Off Limits by Kelly Jamieson

Title: Off Limits 
Series: Aces Hockey #1.5
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 158
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch Kay

The Christmas season always puts a smile on Jenna McFadden’s face. Even though she’s bringing a boyfriend home for the first time, inside she’s dying to see Andrew. Years ago, when the McFaddens took the troubled teen into their home, Jenna had to keep her blazing-hot crush a secret. And now that he’s playing pro hockey for the NHL’s Chicago Aces, nothing’s changed. With his wide shoulders and taut muscles, Andrew’s the most tempting package in the house . . . one that Jenna’s dying to unwrap.

Andrew Ross just can’t make a play for Jenna. Her dad and brothers wouldn’t approve, and he could never betray the trust of the wonderful people who treated him like family when he lost his own. That’s what makes the holidays so hard. Whether Jenna’s skating with Andrew on a frozen pond or sitting on his lap while he plays Santa, she’s pushing all their boundaries—and there’s only so much a man can take. Andrew knows that she’s off-limits. But something deep down tells him that Jenna’s heart is the one prize he simply has to win.

Review

This is a Christmas novella, something I secretly love. I wasn’t all that excited, as I didn’t really know the hero. I ended up loving this story more than the first book in the series.

Andrew Ross plays for the Chicago Aces. He’s coming home to the family that raised him. He enjoys coming home but seeing Jenna is always hard. He came to live with the McFaddens as a young teen after his parents both disappeared from his life in one form or another. He’s grateful for all they’ve done for him. That’s why he can’t ever have Jenna as his. She’s the daughter. He promised years ago that he’d never touch her. He broke that promise once and guilt has eaten at him ever since.

Jenna McFadden has had a crush on Andrew forever. After their one short time together, she’s moved on. She’s even bringing a boyfriend home for the first time. He’s not perfect or Andrew but he’s safe. When she arrives, all of her feelings rush back about Andrew. Keeping her distance proves more difficult than she thought. Andrew’s always been the one and he’s finally decided to make her his.

Loved it, loved it, loved it! I’m hooked on the series now and ready for the next installment.

Book given in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.
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Review~The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan

Title: The Game Plan 
Series: Game On #3
Author: Kristen Callihan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 323
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay the Snitch Bitch

A beard-related dare and one hot-as-hell kiss changes everything.

NFL center Ethan Dexter’s focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she’s also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law’s best friend. That ends now.

Fi doesn’t know what to make of Dex. The bearded, tattooed, mountain of man-muscle looks more like a biker than a football player. Rumor has it he’s a virgin, but she finds that hard to believe. Because from the moment he decides to turn his quiet intensity on her she’s left weak at the knees and aching to see his famous control fully unleashed.

Dex is looking for a forever girl, but they live vastly different lives in separate cities. Fi ought to guard her heart and walk away. But Dex has upped his game and is using all his considerable charm to convince Fi he’s her forever man.

Game On

Review

I had to take some time to gather my thoughts to write my review. I also talked to a very dear friend of mine who had also read the books so I could talk out my issues with it. Before people get pissed at me, wait. I liked the book. I did. I just didn’t love it. It’s still hard to put my finger on the reason for not enjoying it more. I’ll say what I didn’t like first and then what I did.

 

Didn’t like:

Virgin heroes. BIG turn off for me personally. Eww.

He had multiple piercings. Nipple and cock. Not my preference.

He got off on pain. Not in bed though. Still, a little skeevy for me.

Heroine was a little too free with herself in the past. Not my preference.

The trademark humor was missing. I hated that.

The improbability of a professional athlete male still being a virgin at 24. I know it’s not impossible but just hard for me to buy into.

 

Did like:

Both main characters. They were endearing in their own way.

The fact that the heroine finally found what she wanted to do with her life.

The love the hero had for the heroine. Swoon worthy.

And damn bitches the book cover! Look at the fucking book cover! Mamma like.

I wanted to like it more that I did. I still love the series and can’t wait to see what’s coming next.
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Review~The Hurricane by R.J. Prescott

Title: The Hurricane 
Series: The Hurricane #1
Author: R.J. Prescott
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 300
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay the Snitch Bitch

Emily McCarthy is living in fear of a dark and dangerous past. A gifted mathematician, she is little more than a hollow, broken shell, trying desperately to make ends meet long enough to finish her degree.

Through an unlikely friendship with the aging, cantankerous owner of an old boxing gym, Em is thrown into the path of the most dangerous man that she has ever met.

Cormac “the Hurricane” O’Connell is cut, tattooed and dangerous. He is a lethal weapon with no safety and everyone is waiting for the mis-fire. He’s never been knocked out before, but when he meet Em he falls, HARD. Unlike any other girl he’s ever met, she doesn’t want anything from him, but just being around her makes him want to be a better person.

They are polar opposites who were never meant to find each other, but some things are just worth the fight.

Review

I had read a lot of amazing reviews about this book. It started off amazingly. I really liked it but by the end, it was good but not great.

What I did like:

The heroine was great. A little quirky but awesome.

Danny, the cranky gym owner. He owned me from his first mention in this story.

The camaraderie between the fighters.

The humor. I laughed a lot.

I loved that Con (the hero) fell for Emily (the heroine) immediately.

What I didn’t like:

Con became a bit of a beta male for me by the end of the book.

This series, at least for now, seems to focus on Con and Emily and no one else. I don’t mind that in a novella series but not in a full length book series. Still, I enjoyed it but I’m not sure if I’ll continue the series yet.
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Review~Major Misconduct by Kelly Jamieson

Title: Major Misconduct 
Series: Aces Hockey #1
Author: Kelly Jamieson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 220
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch Kay

As the captain of the Chicago Aces, Marc Dupuis is all business. The apartment he shares with his teammate and best friend, Duncan, is a refuge from the pressures of fame. But when the sexiest woman he’s ever seen interrupts his early morning coffee wearing only a skimpy cami and matching panties, Marc can’t exactly say he minds. Their chemistry is off the charts. Unfortunately, this girl’s no random puck bunny. She’s Duncan’s little sister—and she’s moving in.

Lovey Armstrong could stare at Marc’s chiseled abs and listen to his French-Canadian accent all day. She just has no idea what’s going on inside his head: When he’s not charming her pants off, Marc makes a Zamboni machine seem warm and cuddly. Lovey knows the team’s bro code says no messing with sisters, but all these mixed messages are hard on a girl’s self-esteem—especially since she’s finally getting her new life together in Chicago. She decides he’s worth another shot . . . because if anyone can melt the ice around Marc’s heart, it’s Lovey.

Review

I had never read Kelly Jamieson before and I love hockey romances, so I was super excited to read this new series.

Marc Dupuis is the captain of the Chicago Aces. Since his broken engagement, he’s been rooming with his teammate and best friend, Duncan. When Duncan’s sister arrives unexpectedly, Marc is blown away. She’s somewhat of a free spirit. She’s also beautiful, sexy and really nice. He also likes the fact that she bosses Duncan around.

Lovey is a little lost but slowly finding out what she wants to do with her life. She moved to Chicago kind of on a whim but she’s getting it together. She’s happy to be spending time with her brother and drooling over his hot as hell best friend, As she and Marc play cat and mouse with their attraction to each other, they realize they have to decide if each of them are ready to have more than just sex.

I liked this story. The characters were, fun, funny and endearing. Good sex and an HEA. I’m a fan.

Book given in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.
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Review~Making a Play by Victoria Denault

Title: Making a Play 
Series: Hometown Players
Author: Victoria Denault
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 288
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch Kay

He’ll do whatever it takes to win—on and off the ice.

Luc Richard is the hottest player in the NHL—and it has nothing to do with hockey. His racy relationship with his supermodel ex set the tabloids on fire but nearly put his career on ice. To avoid being traded, Luc agrees to take a break from the spotlight—and from women—and spend the off-season at home in Silver Bay, Maine. It’s the perfect plan… until he reconnects with Rose.

Rose Caplan is tired of being shy, sweet, and safe. She’s ready for passion, romance—and Luc. Having loved him longer than she can remember, she’s finally ready to prove she’s not the same innocent little girl he once knew. Off the ice Luc doesn’t do games, but this new Rose makes him feel like playing a little dirty. If he’s really got a shot at her heart then he’s not just playing to win. He’s playing for keeps.

Review

Luc Richard is an NHL player who is in a bit of a pickle. He’s sworn off of women after the break up of his last relationship. His team owner is less than thrilled with all of the shenanigans. If he doesn’t get his shit together, he’ll be traded and with the word out that he’s trouble, not many teams are interested.

Rose Caplan is his childhood friend from his hometown. He’s never seen her as anything but a friend. Luc is home for his surrogate brother’s wedding. Rose has loved him and loves seeing him nut she wants him to see her as a woman. She’s always wanted the fairy tale and she wants it with Luc.

This second book is as sweet as the first one. The history of these two characters is sweet and endearing. I laughed out loud a lot. Good story, good characters and good sex. All in all, another winner for this author.

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